Welcome to Irish Heritage
Irish Heritage is a voluntary arts organisation, established in London in 1974 to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical music (broadly defined) and music composed by Irish composers, performed by young Irish musicians in Britain to a wide audience. It is the only Irish arts organisation in Britain dedicated to helping young Irish musicians through their continuing education and the early part of their careers. See our Aims
Irish Heritage presents a programme of events in established music venues open to the public; it showcases young Irish musicians at special events and supports other organisations which share its aims in music and the arts. The Irish Heritage Music Bursary (worth £5,000) is awarded annually to an outstanding young Irish musician, working or studying in Britain in order to help in their education and training. See Bursary
You can be part of this exciting arts organisation and help young Irish musicians for a small donation. See Join us
WINNER OF THE IRISH HERITAGE MUSIC BURSARY 2017 ANNOUNCED
Adam Heron, a student at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM in London), is the recipient of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for 2017. Adam was chosen for the award after a day of auditions conducted before a panel of expert adjudicators under the Chairmanship of John Gilhooly OBE in the Wigmore Hall in London on 3rd November.
In addition to the £5,000 Bursary, Adam will give a full recital at Leighton House Museum, London W14 on Tuesday 12th June 2018. Adam will also perform at the Lismore Opera Festival on 1st June 2018 together with the two highly commended contestants at the Bursary, soprano Rebecca Murphy from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and harpist Maria McNamee from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Further details on Adam Heron can be seen here – Adam Heron Bursary Winner.
Retirement Dinner for Niall Gallagher
Irish Heritage organised a dinner in the elegant surroundings of London’s Savile Club on 24th November to mark the retirement of Niall Gallagher after 25 years as chairman of the organisation.
For further information and photos from the evening, please click here.
Patrick Lennon appointed to Irish Heritage Board of Directors
Irish Heritage is pleased to announce that Patrick Lennon has joined its Board of Directors. A long-standing supporter of Irish Heritage, Mr Lennon will oversee the preparation and implementation of a new marketing and communications strategy for the organisation that will draw on his experience of working with leading companies and organisations over the past 35 years.
Mr Lennon owns and manages a marketing and public relations consultancy based at Shepperton Studios in south-west London that is known for its work with Irish business and community organisations including Aer Lingus, London Irish RFC and The Irish Times.
Commenting on the appointment, Mary Connolly, Chair of Irish Heritage, said: “We are pleased that Paddy Lennon has accepted our invitation to join the Board. His extensive, international marketing and communications experience will help us to realise our ambitions for Irish Heritage over coming years.”
“I am delighted to have been asked to contribute to the development of Irish Heritage,” said Mr Lennon. “I’ve long admired its role in helping young Irish musicians develop and perform in Britain. I’m looking forward to working with the other communications professionals that are helping the organisation to raise its profile and generate interest in its events and programmes.”
Mr Lennon is also an advisor to the Kingston Academy of Music in Dalkey in Dublin.